Man accused of starting house fire to kill man

Man accused of starting house fire to kill man

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A Toledo man who claimed he was the victim of the fire is now accused of starting it.

Police say Rex Davis is now charged with aggravated arson after starting a fire at a vacant home on Palmwood Avenue in December.

Police say Davis intentionally set fire to the home in an attempted to kill a man inside.

Police say Davis started the fire by throwing couch cushions, blankets and a mattress into an open, active fireplace.

When the fire first occurred, Davis claimed that the fire started when an ember from the fireplace caught a mattress on fire.

Police say the home was a complete loss.

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